The Private War of Major Benson (1955)

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Movie Info

In this film, a too-tough Army major gets himself sent to run an ROTC program at a Santa Barbara military school. When he arrives to his new post, the major is shocked to find it run by nuns and that his new troops are school children.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Comedy , Kids & Family , Romance
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Universal

Cast

Charlton Heston
as Maj. Bernard R. 'Barney' Benson
David Janssen
as Young Lieutenant
Julie Adams
as Dr. Kay Lambert
Sal Mineo
as Cadet Col. Dusik
Milburn Stone
as Maj. Gen. Ramsey
Tim Considine
as Cadet Sgt. Hibler
Nana Bryant
as Mother Redempta
Mary Field
as Sister Mary Theresa
Edward Platt
as Monsignor Collins
Don Haggerty
as Mr. Hibler
Richard H. Cutting
as Monsignor Collins
Richard Cutting
as Monsignor Collins
Donald Keeler
as Cadet Cpl. Scawalski
Mary Alan Hokanson
as Sister Mary Thomasina
Tim Hovey
as Cadet Thomas 'Tiger' Flaherty
Yvonne Peattie
as Mrs. Hibler
Gary Pagett
as Cadet Lt. Molony
Kay Stewart
as Mrs. Flaherty
Mickey Little
as Cadet Lt. Hanratty
Butch Jones
as Cadet Capt. Petri
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Critic Reviews for The Private War of Major Benson

All Critics (1)

Heston shows a surprising flair for comedy.

Full Review… | February 27, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Private War of Major Benson

IT'S A CUTE FILM, EVEN THOUGH IT STARS CHARLESTON HESTON. I ENJOYED IT. SOME GOOD JUVENILE PERFORMANCES. NICELY WRITTEN, NOT GREAT BUT ENTERTAINING.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

★★1/2 (out of four) A mildly amusing and randomly entertaining little film. It's nice to see a picture geared towards family viewing, but that also proves too much a weakness as well. There isn't much real substance to be had at all. Charlton Heston plays Major Bernard Benson. He has just recently mouthed his opinion in a national magazine. He is reassigned to run the ROTC program for youths. If he doesn't turn the young recruits into men, the ROTC is in danger of losing its certification. Benson complicates things when he gets a look at the attractive female doctor on site. The premise and set up is fun. I just wish they were able to do more with it. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/PrivateWarofMajorBenson_zpscf644acc.jpg[/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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